With the Taliban again in power in Afghanistan, minorities like the Hazara may have the most to lose.
In rural Kyrgyzstan, 1 in 3 marriages begins with an abduction. Older generations see this as a harmless tradition, but two brides have been killed since 2018. A study finds other problems, too.
Climate change means more water is evaporating than is flowing in.
We found evidence of irreversible ecological breakdown millions of years ago – this time round, we should heed the warning signs.
Opposition candidates have been arrested amid mass protests and a worsening coronavirus pandemic ahead of the August 9 election.
How Kazakhstan failed to deal with COVID-19 and became the first country to enter a second national lockdown.
How does reporting on the environment promote democracy? A US journalism professor describes conditions in the republic of Georgia, where the media isn’t equipped to cover issues like pollution.
Central Asia is at the centre of two new initiatives by China and Russia that run against a longstanding economic vision of the US.
Russia is pursuing influence in Central Asia and competing with the US. Afghanistan offers it a chance to do both.
With several terror attacks committed by Uzbeks abroad in 2017, one of the world’s harshest regimes is coming under scrutiny.
Migration may help to pay Western pensions, but life is hard for those left behind.
China’s One Belt, One Road initiative is holding international summit in Beijing, but no Western leaders have said they are coming yet.
The jailing of the two men shows the government of President Nursultan Nazarbayev well understands that it can no longer underestimate the power of new forms of civic activism.
An abundance of natural resources has helped Kazakhstan attract billions in investments. Despite its booming economy, the government is unlikely to move towards democracy any time soon.
Central Asia’s most populous country is stagnant and repressive, but its two massive neighbours want in now Islam Karimov is gone.
Tajikistan, a longstanding human rights violator, has been cracking down harshly on what’s left of its political opposition.
Islamic State has been spreading its influence beyond the Middle East – and Central Asia could be in the firing line.
In seeking to link IS to earlier Islamic movements, Western commentators have associated the jihadist group with the medieval Ismailis, made famous in Europe by returning Crusaders as the Assassins.